Cricket great Andrew Symonds joins play at Cairns Amateurs Birdcage

Former Australian test cricketer Andrew ‘Roy’ Symonds will enjoy all the action of the Far North’s most exciting race day on Saturday at The Birdcage, Cairns Amateurs’ newest experience.

The two-time World Cup winner will attend the 59th annual Cairns Amateurs Cup Day as an ambassador for UBET, the licensed wagering partner of Racing Queensland.

Known for his exceptional fielding talents, Symonds’ love for sport extends well beyond cricket, and he is often spotted at Cowboys games in his adopted home of Townsville or cheering a winner or two home on Stradbroke Day.

While no longer wowing crowds with his big hitting and on-field talents, Symonds remains actively involved in cricket through his commentary work with the Big Bash League in Australia and Twenty20 competitions in India.

Cairns Amateurs Carnival CEO Graham Thornton said The Birdcage offered guests a glamorous race day experience as they mingled with celebrities such as Symonds and the who’s who of the city’s social set.

“We are pleased to present the Carnival’s newest experience of the Cairns Amateurs Birdcage, a premium marquee located centrefield just past the finishing post,” Mr Thornton said.

“We welcome ‘Roy’ Symonds to join our guests in the marquee, which is certainly an ideal destination from which to indulge in delicious food and live entertainment, while of course enjoying all the on-track action as Cairns Amateurs presents this top program of Australian regional racing at Cannon Park.

“It would seem that the news of our Birdcage has travelled afar with news that a Chinese television film crew will be filming host, China’s Champion platform diver, celebrity Chen Ruolin from the corporate marquees – it is great to see that we are attracting interest from the Chinese market,” he said.

 With more than 18,000 people expected to attend the region’s pinnacle racing and social event, Cairns Amateurs boasts a lively festival program of diverse functions to be staged at historic Cannon Park Race Course and on the city’s beautiful waterfront.